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>> you know, we are always so grateful to have you with us. thank you for being here. i'm christi paul. >> i'm victor plaque welblackwe. good morning to you. we're going to show you here freedom tower as you look at lower manhattan. it was the worst ever attack on u.s. soil, 15 years ago today. >> thousands were killed when hijackers crashed planes into the world trade center as well as the pentagon, and a plane went down in pennsylvania as well. the victims as old as 85 and as young as just 2 years olds. these are wounds that haven't healed even 15 years later. the site of the twin towers
collapsing, it's just too painful for a lot of people to watch. this morning there's a group of first responders commemorating the day at the 9/11 memorial outside jerusalem. take a look at this. this is the only such memorial outside the u.s. that lists the name of every victim. >> now back to new york where the lower manhattan skyline changed forever, a little less than two hours away from the moment of silence that will honor the exact moment when the first tower was hit. commissioner, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> commissioner bratton, first would we look back at that day, most people across the country are seeing themselves where they were watching it on television. they weren't in new york. they certainly weren't members of the department. 23 officers died that day. what does it mean to you? >> the day is always a very
poignant one. a very different morning than that morning. that morning was the brilliantly clear skies and for a week afterward there was not a cloud in the sky. this morning very over cast, maybe befitting. this is a day of mourning but also a day of celebration, a day of celebration because there's a new tower. that tower is a symbol we are winning and they are losing, the terrorists and they continue to lose. >> let's talk about the security situation there. is the city safer today than it was 15 years ago? >> actually, i'd have to give you a mixed response on that. our capabilities, police, security forces of the united states are much stronger, much more collaborativcollaborative. here in new york they're actually seamless, the relationship between us and all of the agencies we have to work with. but there's no denying the threat that we face is a very different one.
al qaeda is still struggling to get back in the game. isis is the new and more imminent threat there. they have a califate. the threat is a very different one. we are better prepared than ever. in this city we have not had a successful attack since 9/11 but the threat is constantly changing and in some respects expanding. >> you mentioned the change in the threat there. most of the attacks we've seen in the u.s. have been terror inspired clearly on a much smaller scale, but few terror directed. what's the probability of another large scale al qaeda-style attack from your department's intelligence? >> from our perspective, that probability remains very high, not necessarily in the near term, but this is something that is not going to win today next
month, next year. this is something that's going to continue through our lifetimes and the lifetimes of our children. that's the nature of it. in 2014 when isis really came into being, the enabling, the inspiring, the directing, all of those capacities and capabilities have made this a very different set of initiatives that police and certainly the federal government law enforcement has to deal with. >> are there any credible threats that the department is investigating or concerned about? >> at this particular moment, this particular day, this particular event, there are no credible threats directed against this day, this event here in new york city. but at any given time, the almost 1600 officers i have for this department who are committed to dealing with intelligence and counter terrorism are dealing with a constant stream of threats, some real, some imaged, imaged in the sense they're trying to create the sense that they're coming at
us all the time. it's a constantly changing landscape and we are constantly changing to face it, to prevent it. god forbid if and when it happens we'll be prepared to respond very quickly, forcefully and effectively. >> you are leaving the department in just a couple of days. on a personal note, what's next for you, commissioner? >> well, leaving the department is with mixed feelings at this particular time where the threat still remains. but i've had the benefit of coming back after 9/11. 9/11 was the inspiration for me to come back into policing, first in l.a. for seven years and now in new york. in l.a. to tree acreate their c terrorism capabilities. in new york to build on what my predecessor built. i leave feeling very good that
we have since 9/11 responded, grown stronger and i feel that for myself personally that i've had a life that has allowed me to contribute and i'll continue to be contribute in the private sector. it's time for somebody else to step up to the plate and deal with the future. >> just a few days away. for at least five more days new york city police commissioner bill bratton. thank you so much for being with us and for the service of all the members in the department. >> thank you. as we reflect and remember the people who died 15 years ago in the september 11th attacks, cnn films is taking a look at the chaos and the courage in the aftermath. here's a preview. >> around 8:30. >> run for the gas leak or an
odor of gas in the street. >> don't think anything of it. you get on the rig, you go. you say that's the odor of gas. >> it was just another call. i'm riding with the battalion chief. >> we checked the area with meters. it was kind of routine. >> it was 8:46 in the morning. that's when this stopped even resembling a normal day. >> tonight watch the cnn film 9/11 9/11 15 years later.
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the reading of the names will begin by the victims of the families of the nearly 3,000 people that perished that day. and then those moments of silence will continue of course throughout the morning, marking the moment the second tower was hit, the moment the two towers fell, the moment the pentagon was hit and the moment that flight 93 crashed. there will be several throughout the city, several throughout the country. a memorial will happen at the new york city fire museum to commemorate the 343 firemen who were killed that day. and the tribute in lights will be illuminated this afternoon and will dim out at dawn. >> you highlight there that the loss was felt far beyond the city of new york. of course, president obama is paying tribute to the victims
of 9/11 as well. he'll have a moment of silence at the white house before he heads over to the pentagon. he'll deliver remarks where the 184 people died. susan malveaux is live from the white house this hour. what more do we expect from the president this morning? >> reporter: of course, there's so much focus on ground zero. a lot of people believe that sometimes the pentagon and the people who perished there get less attention. so that is something that the president really wants to address. there's going to be a moment of silence here at the white house at 8:46. late this morning the president will travel to the pentagon that is where they're going to have a ceremony for the victims, the families, the first responders, a lot of pentagon employees. there will be taps. there will be the replaying of the national anthem. secretary carter and the president will follow speaking.
some of the messages this morning are really going to be about resilience, about the american people, the heroism that was exhibited on that day, but also a message that we are a safer country, that we have a stronger homeland security and that many lives have also been saved since 15 years ago on september 11th. let's take a brief listen. this is a preview, if you will, of the president's message. this is his weekly message to the american people. >> we stand with the survivors who still bear the scars of that day. we thank the first responder who is risked everything to save others. and we salute a generation of americans, our men and women in uniform, diplomats and our intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement professionals who serve and in some cases have given their lives to help keep us safe. >> reporter: also president bush, first lady laura bush are going to commemorate as well.
they're going to be at a church service this morning dallas, but then they're going to go to the cowboys football game. the coin toss is going to be shared with two nypd officers who were there on ground zero 15 years ago. there will be a ceremony at half time. there will be taped messaged from president bush and president obama that will be aired at those games throughout the country today at various football games. the nfl taped those messages last month. they will be from president bush and president obama again acknowledging the first responders and sending a message of unity to those in the country today. >> good reminder, especially during a football game. we appreciate it. let's remember to the children of 9/11. cnn is sitting down with ten
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the subject of one of the most iconic photos of the 20th century has now passed away. greta friedman is the woman standing here, the nurse standing in the middle of times square kissing a sailor. it was taken on vj day. the day when japan surrendered in world war ii. friedman says she didn't know the sailor who grabbed her for the kiss, but she told the veteran's history project he kissed the woman dressed like a nurse because he was grateful to the nurse who is tos who took c wounded soldiers. friedman was 92 years old.
it's hillary clinton's response that's getting some attention today. a british newspaper and new york radio station are claiming the clinton of today is vastly different than the clinton we got to know during the 9/11 tragedy, specifically that new yorkers got to know. that's the day of the disaster. then new york junior senator there seen listening to firefighters as they toured ground zero. now they have released audio revealing clinton's reaction to those attacks and her criticism of the bush administration and rudy giuliani for insisting that air quality over the city was safe and acceptable. >> maybe in the media aftermath the first couple of days nobody could know. but a week later, two weeks later, two months later, six months later, give me a break. they knew and they didn't tell us the truth. >> a spoke with a writer for the
newspaper about clinton's reaction then and what it means for a potential clinton presidency now. >> one familiar thing about hillary was that she immersed herself in the detail. she got really into it. she learned all about the medical conditions that arose for the first responders, the respiratory problems and the cancers. and the doctors that we spoke to said they're incredibly impressed by how much knowledge she sucked up. they called her a sponge for information. that's a side of hillary that we all know well, a politician who likes to be incredibly well briefed on any subject before she talks about it. the less familiar thing was that she also came across as incredibly impassioned, angry, very much a sort of visceral person who was in contact with
the people she was dealing with. everyone you spoke to who was with her at the time, particularly firefighters and police officers said that she had a one to one connection that was very powerful and they have never forgotten. >> firefighter richard als had been at ground zero 20 minutes after the second tower collapsed. he called hillary clinton. in his interaction with her, he said she was compassionate. he called her a fighter. you had the former firefighter's union president peter goreman saying that she was effective, that she was an empathetic leader. he also said she may not be the most natural politician. do they see her differently today than they saw her back then? >> yeah. bear in mind that the
firefighters of new york are not natural hillary clinton supporters. they represent working class, working people from the outer borra boroughs. they tend to have a conservative bent. this is not a natural political alliance. and yet they talked about very strongly post-9/11 this personal connection they had with hillary clinton. and they were genuinely puzzled. i put it to them how does she come across to you today? they said they were puzzled by how much she's struggling to get her message across on a wider platform and they regretted that those across the country didn't seem to get her, to understand her like they managed to do having this close relationship to her. that chimes a bell with what's happening in this political cycle.
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bottom of the hour now. welcome back. i'm victor blackwell. >> i'm christi paul. so grateful to have you with us this morning. we take a moment here to reflect on the people who died 15 years ago today on the september 11th attacks. gro gloomy morning. the footprints of near where the twin towers once stood. at ground zero at 8:46 a.m. there is going to be a moment of silence followed by the reading of the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed that day. in washington the american flag was unfurled. here it is flowing down the side of the pentagon. the tradition started the day after the attacks when firefighters draped that flag
across the damaged building. in just a few hours president obama is going to deliver some remarks there and we'll bring you live coverage throughout the morning. to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of trump supporters into what i call the basket of deplorables. right? the racists, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, islamophobic, you name it. >> clinton's characterization of half of donald trump's supporters sparking that uproar on saturday. the heat led to clinton walking back those comments.
i was grossly generalistic. i regret saying half. that was wrong. she goes on to say though it's deplorable that trump has built his campaign largely on prejudice and paranoia and given a platform to hateful views and voices. ron, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> a couple of weeks ago when tim kaine said that donald trump was pushing the values of the kkk, david duke, republicans pounced then. but catim kaine didn't express y regre regret, didn't apologize. what do you make that clinton has apologized for this and she has expressed regret? >> look, i think that it is never a good idea to borrow hillary clinton's own language, to impugn the motives of people
voting for the other side. but revealing that she is not fully abandoned her critique. as you know, i believe that the fundamental dividing line in our politics is culture, not class. and the democratic coalition is supposed to have groups in society that are most comfortable with our increasing cultural and racial diversity. that coalition, millennials, minorities, college educated, i think want to hear hillary clinton defending those values against a republican nominee that they view as uniquely hostile to them. it was inevitable that she was going to qualify this language. but i do think the fact she's staying on this terrain is revealing. democrats are more comfortable than republicans in fighting on cultural terrain. >> her running mate tim kaine
said it didn't merit an apology. let's go to this new poll though. clinton up five points here. 46 over 41 trump just a few points outside the margin of error. i want to go to the internals here and the enthuse i can't feel -- gap. clinton at 33. and right behind that the number of people who are bhabsolutely certain they're going to vote, almost all of trump's supporters. 93% say they're certainly they're going to vote. >> clinton's problem throughout has been to generate enthusiasm. if you look at the internals of this poll, what i've called the north star of this race is that roughly 60% of americans every time the "washington post" and abc have asked, they have said donald trump is not qualified to be president. roughly 60% believe he is
biassed against women and minorities. one of the outcomes of that is that in this survey hillary clinton is leading among college educated white voters by six points. no democrat in the history of polling has ever carried most college educated whites. those are voters in the way of where donald trump is and where he needs to be. most of them view trump as unqualified and request whether he is fair to women and minorities. that is the biggest obstacle he has to resolve to make this even tighter in the next two months. >> that unqualified number is the barrier for trump. he's got to get that number way down as we get closer to election day. >> and there's been almost no change in it in over a year. changing that perception in eight weeks that's been there for 15 months is not impossible, but that's the challenge. >> thank you so much.
>> thank you. there is still quite a bit to talk about regarding the race for the white house. we've got a panel next. on it, one woman who wrote an article called 9/11, the night race didn't matter. is it possible to get back to a point like that again in our country? we'll talk about it in a moment. ♪ [engine revs] ♪ [cheering] ♪ the highly advanced audi a4. ♪
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when firefighters who were putting out some embers on the roof hung the first flag over the side of the building as president george w. bush was coming to the building that day. that flag has moved off to an army history center. but again this flag hangs nearly 15 years to the day that the first flag hung 15 years after the 9/11 attacks. >> and i want to get back into the political discussion that we were just having about the shape of our country as we head into this presidential election. and to do so, i want to bring in republican congressman, former republican congressman from georgia jack kingston. he's also a senior advisor for the trump campaign. and susan johnson cook. she's a hillary clinton supporter. victor just had this conversation about the basket of deplorables controversy that has popped up. we know that donald trump has
reacted to that in an interesting way. he retweeted a tweet from barack obama from back in 2012 saying we need a president who's fighting for all americans, not one who writes off nearly half the country. why go back to president obama at that point? >> well, i think that he was referring to the mitt romney 47% comment, which is what hillary clinton was really doing in one say, saying that there's a half of the country or half of the trump people that i don't care about. i've got to tell you. to me, particularly on the eve of 9/11, this is an extremely offensive comment to call american voters deplorable just because you disagree with them philosophically. it's a sad moment. this is the time particularly on this day and this time we need to be unified as a country. hillary clinton is trying to pretend like she's the unifier.
she lost all her moral ground. >> help a lot of people understand trump, who has called immigrants rapists and who has said demeaning things about woman and who has called people losers, how is he unifying? >> well, i think, number one, he's apologized. two, he's toned down the rhetoric. we need to be talking about economics, we need to be talking about national security and we don't need to be calling people racist, sexist, islamophobic and so forth. what bill clinton said, he said make america great again is code talk. he said if you're southern, white, american, that you know what that really means, even though it's a phrase he's used repeatedly himself. it is offensive to me because i'm white and i'm southern. we're all americans and we're faced with a very poor economy and we're faced with a disaster
foreign policy that we need to do something about. >> i want to get to ambassador cook here. do you want to respond to that? >> i definitely do. >> in comparison to the 47% said by mitt romney, is that a fair comparison? >> he's trying to make trump this big unifier now that he's toned down the rhetoric. we wouldn't have to be toning it down if it hadn't got on the this point. it's increased and a large part of it is because of trump. as an african-american woman i've been insulted because what he has said has been deplorable. so what secretary clinton said basically represented what a lot of us have been feeling that we have been dumped on and trumped on. as we go forward, for him to reach back to something that president obama said to also bring down secretary clinton at this particular point is really reaching for straws.
let's talk about how do we go forward. it is 9/11. it is a time for unifying. as one who was on the front lines of 9/11, i that you understand that night it was not black, it was not white, it was gray. it was gray soot covering everyone. >> i wanted to get to that exactly. you wrote the night race didn't matter and you wrote talking about when you went down to ground zero that night and all you saw was the soot, that it was coming down like snow, you wrote. and saying, for a few short days we worked together, cried together, worshipped together, covered with gray, no black, no white, only american. victor and i were commenting just a little bit ago when we saw video of our leaders, of our congress people standing on the steps of the capital singing god bless america. how can you see america come together again like that without another 9/11? why does it take that?
that's to ambassador cook first, please. >> okay. >> hopefully it will not take another tragedy and terror. they were standing on the steps the next day, but there were also people that particular day that it happened whose names were never called. what it will take is people really having a mindset to go forward together, not to say things that are deplorable, not to say things that divide, but to have a mindset to work together. it's every day american citizens saying we're going to walk together, we're going to work together, not try and have camps that hate and divide but to have unity. >> i stood on the capital steps and sung god bless america that day. i didn't see it as some few days of national unity. i've always felt that america is going to have its divisions and disagreements, but we're still a
unified america. i don't see america in terms of this one camp or the other despite what candidates may say, i think the american people still remain unified that this is the greatest country in the world and it's a country that can get even better and we can do it when we pull together. we've got to face the national security issues in front of the country. we've got to strengthen our economy and get more jobs out there. but i see america as a land of a lot of optimism. i don't see the land of great divisions that seem to be focused on so much these days. i'm optimistic. >> i've never been more proud to be an american, but we have not walked together in this particular time period. when we say things that hurt people, that's not going to help us kwun fiunify. >> we've run out of time. i appreciate both of you being here, especially on this day when we get to talk about trying
to unify everybody and remembering why we're here and what it was like in those moments after 9/11, because it was very profound, as you both know, both being there. thank you so much. we appreciate it. i want to extend to you an invitation to watch an exclusive interview on cnn. hillary clinton speaking to chris cuomo on topics ranging from 9/11 to national security. that interview this morning at t a. 9:00 a.m. eastern. remember, the children. i know you probably understand it theoretically that there were children left behind after that, but maybe you never heard from them. well, you're going to get that opportunity. cnn sits down with ten young people who lost a parent on september 11th. they share their memories of that day and how they remember the parents they lost. >> also, look at this structure. some say it's a bird spreading its wings.
this is meant to be a sign of healing in remembrance of 9/11. i talk to the architect who explains its purpose and a very special element of it that involves the light that shines through it. mornin'. hey, do you know when the game starts? 11 hours. oh. well, i'm heading back to my room. (announcer) want to wake up at super bowl 51? super bowl! (announcer) enter courtyard's super bowl sleepover contest at courtyard.com for your chance to win. ♪♪ cause sealy's support yis perfect for you. ♪ only the sealy hybrid has posturepedic technology to support you where you need it most. sealy. proud supporter of you. but when we brought our daughter home,
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9/11. i spoke earlier to santiago calatraba, the center's architect. i asked him about his goal, particularly for this design. >> a building like that should be related to the memory of the victims, although in a silent way and probably being more than anything else a monument or a remembering us how important life is. >> talk to me about the light, because as i understand it you designed this in such a way that there is light at specific times going to specific places in the building. how did you do that? >> yes. one thing, from the very beginning, i admired in the master plan was a certain
references of the order of the buildings in a crescendo and the fact that there was a marking two directions in the -- it was marking two directions in an item called the watch of light. i thought this is an important reference. separating the building and making a single element as i have done and orienting it to the second direction of the wedge of light, i could achieve a gap and transform this beautiful idea of the wedge of light, represent the time, the cosmical time in which the sun is situated in the moment of the collapse of the second tower. >> you likened the design to a bird being released -- or being released from a child's hand. what gave you that inspiration?
>> when we have done the ground-breaking, we took my daughter. she was 7 years old, from the school and brought it and she released two doves. we have done all this effort in the hope that people are welcome, that there was destruction, people find -- you see an ambience of light, of beauty and of commerce, of meeting together, of welcoming. this is our goal. >> it is such a beautiful building. it's good to understand and appreciate all the effort and the thought and emotion that went into it because you know how special it is not just to the people of new york but, as you said, to the world. thank you so much. >> thank you. thank you. thank you very much. thank you. hmmmmm...
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of course, the attacks on september 11th took the lives of nearly 3,000 people. and among those, we're talking mothers and fathers who left behind young children, some who were not even born yet. >> a group of the children belong to tuesday's children, which is a group that was formed after 9/11 to serve the children in the families impacted by terrorism. each of these kids lost a parent in the attacks and they share memories from that day. watch. >> i was with my grandfather that day. my other siblings were at school. i was in preschool at the time. he had the news on, which a 4-year-old shouldn't see. another fireman who retired from my dad's house called my mother and said was my dad working.
she said yes. so she left work to pick up my other siblings and then came to pick up me. and my grandfather just had a gut feeling and in front of all of us just said, i lost my son today, i lost my son. my mom was actually furious at him that he had already had no hope, that he had already had that feeling that he was gone. but i at the time wasn't comprehending what that meant. i think it took a few months until i realized that he wasn't coming home. >> we see how this affected the families still to this day, of course. there are a lot of events planned this morning to honor those people. >> in less than an hour at 8:46 evening will be a moment of silence at ground zero followeds following the readings of the names of the victims.
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